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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game HD i5 6400 GeForce 9800 GT
Red Dead Redemption 2 740% 558%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 740% 558%
Cyberpunk 2077 1054% 805%
Zombieland: Double Tap - Road Trip 685% 515%
Borderlands 3 787% 595%
FIFA 20 347% 251%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 1054% 805%
Ghost Recon Breakpoint 1172% 897%
eFootball PES 2020 473% 349%
The Outer Worlds 669% 503%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce 9800 GT are noticeably better than the Intel HD i5 6400.

The GeForce 9800 GT has a 250 MHz higher core clock speed and 40 more Texture Mapping Units than the HD i5 6400. This results in the GeForce 9800 GT providing 28 GTexel/s better texturing performance. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The GeForce 9800 GT has a 250 MHz higher core clock speed and 8 more Render Output Units than the HD i5 6400. This results in the GeForce 9800 GT providing 6.8 GPixel/s better pixeling performance. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The HD i5 6400 was released over three years more recently than the GeForce 9800 GT, and so the HD i5 6400 is likely to have far better driver support, meaning it will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the GeForce 9800 GT when running the latest games.

The GeForce 9800 GT has 512 MB video memory, but the HD i5 6400 does not have an entry, so the two GPUs cannot be reliably compared in this area.

The HD i5 6400 has 24 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce 9800 GT has 112. However, the actual shader performance of the HD i5 6400 is 182 and the actual shader performance of the GeForce 9800 GT is 168. The HD i5 6400 having 14 better shader performance is not particularly notable, as altogether the GeForce 9800 GT performs better when taking into account other relevant data.

The HD i5 6400 transistor size technology is 51 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GeForce 9800 GT. This means that the HD i5 6400 is expected to run massively cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GeForce 9800 GT.

The HD i5 6400 requires 65 Watts to run and the GeForce 9800 GT requires 105 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 300 Watts for the HD i5 6400 and a PSU with at least 400 Watts for the GeForce 9800 GT. The GeForce 9800 GT requires 40 Watts more than the HD i5 6400 to run. The difference is significant enough that the GeForce 9800 GT may have a slight adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the HD i5 6400.

GPU Architecture

Core Speed350 MHzvs600 MHz
Boost Clock950 MHzvs-
ArchitectureSkylake GT2-R0Tesla G92-270-A2
OC Potential None vs Fair
Driver Support Great vs Poor
Release Date01 Sep 2015vs21 Jul 2008
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

MemoryN/Avs512 MB
Memory Speed1067 MHzvs900 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeDDR4vsGDDR3
Memory Bandwidth34.1GB/secvs57.6GB/sec
L2 Cache 1024 KB green tick vs 0 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units24vs112
Actual Shader Performance9%vs8%
Texture Mapping Units16vs56
Texture Rate5.6 GTexel/svs33.6 GTexel/s
Render Output Units8vs16
Pixel Rate2.8 GPixel/svs9.6 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections0vs2
HDMI Connections0vs0
DisplayPort Connections0vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power65 Wattsvs105 Watts
Recommended PSU300 Watts & 20 Ampsvs400 Watts & 29 Amps

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs4.0
Open GL4.4vs3.3
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i5-6400 2.7GHzvsIntel Core 2 Quad Q6600 2.4GHz
Recommended RAM4 GBvs4 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1366x768vs1366x768

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
Intel HD i5 6400 is the specific version of Intel HD Graphics 530 Desktop that is integrated in the Core i5-6400 Processor.

The Skylake Core includes support for DirectX 12.1, OpenCL 2.0 and OpenGL 4.4. Additionally, it also supports DDR4 Memory.

It equips a GPU Codenamed GT2-R0 which offers 24 Shader Processing Units, 16 TMUs and 8 ROPs. The Central Unit Initially Runs at 350MHz and goes up to 950MHz, in Turbo Mode.

The GPU Shares the System's RAM which varies from laptop to laptop. Typically, the GPU reserves 1.7GB. Depending on whether or not the system's RAM is Dual-Channeled, it can access either a 64-bit or 128-bit memory interface. The operating memory clock also depends on the at which speed the System's RAM is running and is limited by the highest operating speed that the Processor supports. In this case, it is 1067MHz.
It is then obvious the Memory Bandwidth depends on a lot of factors and thus this Graphics Card performance may vary heavily from system to system.

Gaming benchmarks put its performance almost on level with a dedicated GeForce 920M.

System Suggestions
Intel HD i5 6400 is best suited for resolutions up to and including 1366x768. We recommend a Decent Processor and 4GB of RAM for Optimal Performance.
GeForce 9800 GT is a High-End Graphics Card based on the first revision of the Tesla Architecture.

Tesla was NVIDIA's First Unified Shader Architecture.

It equips a GPU Codenamed G92-270-A2 which has 7 Stream Multiprocessors activated and thus offers 112 Shader Processing Units, 56 TMUs and 16 ROPs. The Central Unit is clocked at 600MHz.

The GPU accesses a 512MB frame buffer of GDDR3, through a 256-bit memory interface. The size of the frame buffer is adequate. The Memory Clock Operates at 900MHz.

DirectX 10.0 Support (10.0 Hardware Default) and support for SLI, NVIDIA PureVideo HD Technology, Dual-stream Hardware Acceleration, PhysX, CUDA, HybridPower and other technologies.

Cooling Solution
The Cooling Solution consists of a Single-Fan.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 105W, it requires at least a 400W PSU and it requires at least one 6-pin available connectors.

GeForce 9800 GT is a direct re-brand of GeForce 8800 GT.
Gaming benchmarks put its performance somewhat below a Radeon HD 4770, meaning it is much faster than Radeon HD 3870.
Recommended CPU
Possible GPU Upgrades
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